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kauai graphicKauai Island impresses visitors with its hidden beaches and Na Pali Coast cruise trips. Amazing chopper tours and horse riding down the beach are also popular activities amongst visitors and locals alike. But, if you really want to experience the remarkable diversity of Hawaii’s Garden Isle, then nothing beats a Kauai excursion exploring around the Waimea Canyon, labelled by Mark Twain as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Or as an alternative, then go on through the Powerline Trail.

Cherished as Hawaii’s Garden Isle because of its verdant and variable terrain offering the last word in rainforest wilderness, waterfalls and even freshwater enjoyments, the Island is the only one in Hawaii that offers kayaking on the river, waterskiing, and boat trips, as well as walking trips

The Powerline Trail

The Powerline Trak is actually little more than a rambling earth and mud road. However, as the trail continues, you’ll find that it quicly slices through the interior of some of the most verdant parts of the island’s northeast area. It continues thirteen miles from Princeville on the northward side to the eastern region of Keahua Arboretum. You'll find Wailua close by.

The trail can be challenging and lasts six to seven hours, hence, its name. For this reason, not many people decide to finish this trail up to the finish. Rather, they follow the trail up about half way from either end, then back track to their cars parked at the trailhead.

For the most scenic route, start your hike from Princeville. It's agreed that this is also the more popular way that most hikers take (which means that you’ll find very little peace and quite during the hike), the panoramic views that the trip offers more than makes ammends.

To begin via this route, just turn inland at the Princeville Stables corner on Po’oku Road and drive 1.7 miles to the end of the pavement. Park your car off the road and make sure to secure it, before traveling up the trail for your hike.

The length is roughly two miles, going alongside the Hanalei River inland. You have many eye-opening sheer drops along this pathway, and although the loftiness is stunning, be cautiousf as you go. The large ferns and trees, on the edge of the trail can hide the steep drop of the cliffs.

When you have progressed about one mile along, you will start to see the shape of Mt. Hihimanu stand out against the backdrop of the blue sky. The mountain rises from across the Hanalei River and provides you with an excellent, astounding view of surrounding vegetation and many waterfalls while traveling up the trail. And as you progress further westward, you will see Mt. Namolokama and the beginning of Waioli Stream (singing waters in the language of Hawaii). Once you’ve enjoyed the amazing views that this has to offer, retrace your steps back to your car.

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